While driving equipment through the field, the weight of the tractor and implement create compacted strips of soil with each pass. As soils become compacted, their physical properties are altered, causing changes in bulk density, porosity and hydraulic properties- all which contribute negatively to field production levels and yield.
Major compaction issues have been seen with center fill planters. A study conducted by DuPont has shown up to an 11.3-bushel yield difference between the compacted center sections of the planter verses the lighter wing sections. While other research has shown losses ranging from 20-60 bushels per acre.
TrackTill is a Patent Pending technology, designed to eliminate wheel track or pinch row compaction caused during planting. Research conducted by Iowa State University in 2013 has shown a 8.12 bushel increase in the center rows, a 6.5% increase in corn plant height and a 16% reduction in compaction when using TrackTill. Watch a demonstration of TrackTill in action and and calculate how quickly the investment in TrackTill can pay off below.
Currently, there are two models of TrackTill…
TrackTill FM: TrackTill Frame Mount is designed to mount around the frame of planters with 30” row spacing. The newly released 2014 kit includes fully adjustable pneumatic down pressure, 4 TrackTill mounting assemblies with attached vertical tine tillage rollers, each roller consisting of 3 sets of 10” tines per roller and all the necessary hardware for trouble free installation. Furthermore, each mounting assembly comes with its own TDR aluminum cased air cylinder designed to raise or lower the rollers on demand and apply consistent down pressure in even the toughest field conditions. The easy to install kit simply bolts around the planter’s 7×7 frame, positioning the tine rollers alongside the opening disks of the row units. This model has been tested to fit John Deere Bauer Built planters but can be adapted for other brands with forward positioned transport wheels. Click Here for more specs and price info.
TrackTill CM: The TrackTill Central Mount kit is designed to mount around the central frame of planters with 30” row spacing. Equipped with the same vertical tine tillage system as the FM model, you can count on outstanding compaction relief and runoff reduction. The CM kit includes 4 hydraulic down pressure cylinders, 4 mounting assemblies and attached vertical tine tillage rollers, each roller consisting of 3 sets of 10” tines per roller and an integrated fully adjustable hydraulic down pressure system, The vertical tillage system mounts to a toolbar behind the planter’s rear wheels and fits between closing wheels on the row units. The fully adjustable down pressure system ensures exceptional compaction relief and weight offset in every soil condition. Linked to the planter’s lift hydraulics, the tines will raise and lower with the row units. This model has been tested to fit John Deere 1770 NT planters but can be adapted to most planters with transport wheels positioned between the row units. Click Here for more specs and price info.